Washington Nationals: Franchise Tries to Turn Clocks Back to 1994 for First Time

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IJuly 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on July 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 5-4.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Washington Nationals have never finished above .500 since moving to D.C. in 2005. On Thursday night however, they will try to do something that their franchise has not done since 1994.

With a win on Thursday night, the Nationals will move 20 games over .500 for the first time as an organization since the Montreal Expos finished the season 24 games over in the strike-shortened 1994 season, according to ESPN. The Expos finished that season with a 74-40 record.

The Nats currently are in first place in the National League East and have a 58-39 record entering their first of four games in Milwaukee on Thursday night.

The Nationals will likely hit the 20 games over .500 mark at some point this season, even if they fail to do so on Thursday night. The Nats are having a tremendous season already and continue to increase upon their high-water mark on the season.

They're currently clicking in every aspect of the game, from their offense to their pitching. They have won their last five games and have scored at least five runs in each of those while allowing only two runs in each game.

Ryan Zimmerman has resurrected his season and the starting staff continues to dominate.

Washington enters their series in Milwaukee sending Edwin Jackson to the mound to face Yovani Gallardo on Thursday night.

The Nationals are continuing to impress with every week that passes in 2012 and each franchise mark that they surpass will give further legitimacy to how special this season has already been.